Friday, January 18

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mi Casa Es Su Casa...

Please step into our new home! We hope you enjoy this virtual tour of our 2007 New Horizons.

We went all out with our design, including a TON of extra options. Most of them were tracked down and ordered from outside vendors. We had a steady stream of interesting things being shipped to Kansas, including EIGHT solar panels, an Onan DIESEL generator (yes diesel!), two 75-gallon fresh water tanks, an F2 Motosat satellite, house style cooktop, stainless steel appliances, custom fixtures, custom carpet, custom fabrics, our own furniture including 2 leather Ekornes chairs with computer tables, and a flat screen Sony TV, installed where Ron can finally see it.

And of course, my carefully designed office. It's compact and functional.

But the best part of all is our custom designed HICKORY interior. Blessings to the artisans at Horizons who so carefully chose each piece of wood for strategic placement of the grain, making the most of the lively attributes of solid Hickory. It's absolutely gorgeous, and even more special to us since it is the first, last, and only time Horizons will use Hickory (at least that's what they told us!). It's just too painstakingly labor intensive, but oh my goodness, how beautifully it turned out.

We love it! Hope you'll enjoy it too...

Here's she is, from stem to stern.

The rear living area, with two wine red leather Ekornes chairs.

Super slide in living room contains loveseat and dinette. Note the wonderful job they did on the dinette. We wanted a solid Hickory leg for it, not a metal one. I tracked down this fabric on the Internet, and we had an the cushions constructed for the dinette and loveseat.

Can you see Rusty under the table? That's one of the reasons we wanted a makes a nice little "cave" for Rusty to curl up in. Plus there's some great storage under the bench seats, but we still have a classy looking dining area.

My sleek little office. Check out the incredible grain designs on these cabinets!

Another angle on the office...

Flat screen Sony is mounted into the wall, but can swivel and tilt for other viewing angles.

View from the living area, through the kitchen and up into the bedroom. That stainless "drawer" under the cooktop area is a super cool little dishwasher.

Side by side refrigerator-freezer and pantry, all adorned in hand crafted Hickory as well.

Looking back from kitchen to living area.

Bathroom area with separate "water closet", washer/dryer, and skylight over the shower and tub. We designed the side angle medicine cabinet to maximize storage, and allow you to see the back of your hair too!

Even the pocket doors between kitchen/bath/bedroom were done with artful care. Love our curved shower with a skylight over it too.

We stretched the bedroom slide to a king, but kept a queen sized bed. This allowed us to have nightstands on each side of the bed, as well as more "walk around" room. Rusty likes having more room to sleep next to the bed at night too. We also did away with the usual "vanity" at the foot of the bed, and had a full wall of cabinets and drawers built instead. Then we put all of our windows over the head of the bed, so I can have all the fresh night air I want!

Here's our bedroom cabinet wall...

Looking from the end of the bedroom by the closets, into the bathroom area. Gotta love this woodwork!

Another gleaming pocket door, between bedroom and bath.

We love our new home, and hope you've enjoyed seeing it too.

It's such a wonderful lifestyle to be able to travel and work from anyplace we want. We simply cannot imagine being anchored down in one place when there are so many incredible places to experience.

See you on the road!

Where In The Heck Have We Been? there and everywhere.

To make a long story short...when we got to the New Horizons factory last June, we decided to go for the gusto and order a brand new rig. That means we dove head first into designing our new fifth wheel, literally from the ground up.

After ten years of New Horizons (this is our FIFTH!) we had a pretty good idea of what all we would want on a new rig. You see, each of our other fifth wheels had all been gently used. And while we enjoyed every one of them, there was always the conversation that went something like this...

"What would we do if we ever built one ourselves?"

Life has been good to us, my business has grown phenomenally quickly, so we made the plunge. Along with ordering a mind-boggling array of options and having them shipped to New Horizons, I also decided now was the time
to put together a copywriting Maine!

So...we've been just a little bit, crazily and insanely...BUSY! :0)

But it's all good, and on Tuesday evening, September 26, we pulled out of the parking lot in Junction City, Kansas with our brand new 37' triple slide 2007 New Horizons, on our cross country run to Sebasco Harbor Resort in Maine.

Getting ready to leave New Horizons, 5 p.m....

Ron added lots of gorgeous LED lights to the exterior, to match the truck. Here's our first night stop in a Walmart parking lot, lit up like a Christmas tree. Fun! And a lot safer driving at night too. I can finally see the back corner of the rig, even when it's dark out.

Idyllic stopping point in Massachusetts. A state park? Nope. Another Walmart parking lot! This was the view from our corner of the world. Pretty nice, yes?

Next stop, Kennebunkport, Maine for our seminar preparations.

Oh...and I'll let you peek inside of our new home!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Lazy Crazy Daze of Summer...

FINALLY! Blogger seems to be back in business. Hooray!

OK, so it's been a while due to a mish mosh of things, including our extremely demanding schedule right now.

So let's give it a whirl, and I'll try and bring you up to speed super fast.

By the way...we're currently in Bend, Oregon, where the fires are threatening to gobble up Sisters. We used to live in Crossroads, and arrived just in time to hear they were evacuating our old neighborhood!

We raced up to Sisters, with fifth wheel in tow, to pick up our mail at our mail forwarder there. We had visions of our mail going up in flames, along with the town. Unfortunately, the pall of smoke kind of hangs heavy in many ways, but we're here for a week to get some work done.

Anyway, back to follow our trek to here...

After Yellowstone, we went to Henry's Lake to stay in the Red Rocks RV Park. While there, we made a reservation at the Bar N Ranch for a fabulous 4-course dinner. It was spectacular!

Here's the common area where we lounged until dinner was seated...

Surprisingly, a huge hibiscus was in full bloom in the sunny window.

Ron and Rusty as lord(s) of the manse!

We stayed at Red Rocks RV Park, and enjoyed the wide open spaces and spectacular sunsets.

We stopped to visit with the horses down the road on our morning walks. They smell so good with their sweet horsey scent.

From Henry's Lake, we journed on to Three Forks, Montana to meet with a colleague. We found this idyllic spot right outside of town for boondocking. From the Three Forks exit off of I-90, take the frontage road towards the golf course. Head toward the three ponds, and pull over anyplace for a quiet night's rest. We even had muskrat swimming past our door!
A gorgeous sunset capped off our long day...

Here's where we parked by dawn's early light. It was a peaceful place to sleep.

The view across the road as the night gives way to day.

From Three Forks we climbed over LoLo Pass to drop down towards Moscow, Idaho. Ron has many fond memories of driving a big wrecker on the pass during the winter, to haul big rigs out of their winter driving predicaments, and he wanted me to see it.

Here he is standing in front the cabin at the Lodge. This was his winter home many years ago.

The Clearwater River is your companion all along Hiway 12, with plenty of beautiful views.

We stopped in Kamiah, ID to visit some friends, then on to Clarkston, Washington to stay at Granite Lake RV Park for a few days. Here Rusty got to try out the new life jacket we purchased for him when we were at Cabella's! Looks good, and works great too!

Then into the Snake River for the maiden voyage...

You might be wondering why the heck a labrador needs a life jacket, yes? Well, Rusty is a guide dog, and we take every precaution to keep him safe. He loves to swim, but gets pretty darned brainless when he does, and we're always afraid he'll swim to exhaustion and we won't be able to rescue him. So, peace of mind for all of us in his bright red life jacket. Good dog Rusty boy.

From Clarkston, it was on to Life on Wheels in Moscow, Idaho. We had a nice time, and visited with some dear friends in Pullman. But overall, after ten years on the road, there wasn't too much new stuff for us at this event. Still, it was fun to see everyone, and be part of the gathering.

Huge generators provided power for those who didn't care to forgo air conditioning in the 90 degree temperatures...

Pretty sunsets over the Palouse, as well as a few afternoon thunderheads.

As always, Rusty was center stage. Isn't he a handsome guy?

Phew, that's it for the marathon blog post! From Moscow, we spent a few weeks in the Spokane and Tri-Cities area, visiting with Ron's kids. Now that we're caught up, I'll make sure to post smaller posts more frequently again.

From here, believe it or not, we'll be back in YUMA in AUGUST! Yikes! We need to take care of some business, and get ready to pick up our new rig in Kansas. Then we'll be cross country once again, on our way to Maine for a seminar the first week of October.

I'll be posting some pics of our 2003 New Horizons fifth wheel very soon. It's for sale! Time to make room for our new 2007.